As the city and state continue to negotiate, Luis Cruz will continue to check the mail each month in search of a receipt that says his rent has been paid. So far he’s good through February. But he says, “At any moment there could be a knock on the door and someone could say DHS is no longer paying your rent. Are you going to pay it yourself or leave.”
Cruz’s family would not be able to pay the rent on their own. The family came from Puerto Rico and went straight into a city shelter. The family says they originally came to New York in search of medical care. Cruz says doctors in Puerto Rico never controlled his wife's diabetes and now she is blind, suffers from arthritis, and depression and requires his 24 hour care.
He opens a refrigerator full of insulin. Cruz says his 8-year-old daughter is also mentally ill. The family survives off $1,300 a month in disability payments. Last year about 1,600 families with a disabled family member left the shelter system. Cruz says as for his family, they hope to never have to go back.
I suppose this piece was supposed to make me feel sorry for these folks. Nice try, but after I paid my tax bill this month, that ain't happening.
Why in the hell do we not have a residency requirement for these benefits? The world can darken our doorstep and beg for our money, and we New York State taxpayers, like the jackasses we are, pay for it. Our taxes go up year after year because our elected officials have never met a welfare case they don't fall in love with, no matter where they come from. All because of the tweeding.
Pass a law that you have to reside in NYC and state and pay taxes here for 5 years in order to get benefits from us. There's a residency requirement to get a freaking library card but none to live off taxpayer money. How backwards is that?
Additional question: Is the US destined to become a refugee camp?
Answer: We already are!